Zombie thread revival. I just always assumed that the forward side stand was supposed to be a beginner-friendly thing, as it is more uh visible and accessible, if totally odd to anyone with experience.
My piggyback question is why the heck mine generally works a-ok, but several times I've had this exact scenario:
* Bike is started cold. It's been standing for many hours. Presumably I'm not even raising the kickstand. Level firm ground, all that.
* I dismount and start putting on gloves or whatnot, out of reach of the bike.
* After way longer than you'd expect were the side stand not actually latched in the down position (half a minute or so) it decides it doesn't like being down and the bike flops over on the left side. No wind, no vandals, no apparent source.
Were this a weak spring or some other latching failure, I'd expect it to be a frequent problem. I guess it is possible that I'm seriously careless and this thing is not fully extended, but shouldn't it be pretty binary and not able to stick in some in between state? It seems to work okay, no binding or looseness or anything funny. Any suggestions?